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States receive recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment at the 24th session of the Universal Periodic Review

The 24th session of the Universal Periodic Review was held 18-29 January 2016. Fourteen states were held accountable for their overall human rights records – and for 11, this included their obligation to prohibit and eliminate all corporal punishment of children.

Three of the states examined have already achieved law reform to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including…

Latest recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has made strong recommendations on prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment to states examined at its 71st session held in January 2016. In a number of cases, the Committee referred to the new context of the Sustainable Development Goals, target 16.2 on ending violence against children.

  • To Benin, the Committee…

Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children e-newsletter issue 6 now available

The Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children (CCACPC) has released the sixth issue of its e-newsletter. This latest edition describes recent developments in Barbados and Jamaica, and sets the global context. It highlights new advocacy resources, including a new global report documenting progress towards prohibition, and provides the latest news on Caribbean states…

African e-newsletter issue 21 now available (January 2016)

This latest edition of the African newsletter documents recent developments from the region. It includes news of regional campaigns and other moves towards prohibition of corporal punishment of children in Africa, as well as global and national resources and information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond.

We hope this newsletter will be a useful resource to support…

Greenland prohibits all corporal punishment of children

The Parliament of Greenland – a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark – has become the latest to enact legislation prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The passage of Bill No. L 35 brings the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility 2007 into force in Greenland, with effect from April 2016. The Danish Act prohibits corporal punishment of children by all those with parental…

South African Human Rights Commission rules against Church promotion of corporal punishment and calls for prohibition in the home

The South African Human Rights Commission has issued its ruling on a complaint brought against the Joshua Generation Church concerning the Church’s promotion of corporal punishment as a means of parental “discipline” of children. The Commission ruled against the Church and, in doing so, called on the Government to meet its human rights obligations by initiating law reform to prohibit corporal punishment…

Global report 2015 is now available

The year 2015 has witnessed a milestone in progress towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment of children: now, more than half of UN member states have achieved prohibition in all settings, including the home, or are committed to doing so. In total, 48 states have now prohibited all corporal punishment and Governments in another 52 states have made a commitment to full prohibition.

This…

Peru becomes 9th Latin American state to prohibit all corporal punishment of children

On 10 December 2015, the Peruvian Congress approved by a near unanimous vote (74 in favour, one abstention) the Law prohibiting the use of physical and other humiliating punishment against children and adolescents (“Ley que prohibe el uso del castigo físico y humillante contra los niños, niñas y adolescents”). This reform makes Peru the 9th Latin American state to achieve this fundamental reform…

Ireland bans all corporal punishment of children

Ireland has joined the list of countries outlawing all corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home. On 11 November 2015, the Irish Parliament adopted legislation explicitly repealing the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement” of children, making Ireland the 20th European Union state to achieve prohibition of corporal punishment, the 29th Council…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 32 (October 2015)

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, the Global Initiative reports on five new states that have committed to prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, positive steps towards prohibition in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Seychelles, and worrying backward steps in the Maldives, the USA and Zimbabwe.…

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